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And Baby Makes Four : Welcoming a Second Child into the Family Paperback – August 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; English Language edition (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380795051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380795055
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Done it once? Ready for another? How do you make the decision to have a second child, and what will that choice mean for your family? In And Baby Makes Four: Welcoming a Second Child into the Family, author and mother Hilory Wagner provides funny, friendly, helpful advice for parents considering--or already on their way to--having more than one child. Though small in stature, this book covers a lot of territory. Wagner raises the appropriate questions: Have I had enough time with my eldest? Won't a newborn shatter my firstborn's world as he knows it? When will he understand why I decided to have another? She also acknowledges the ambivalence many parents feel, even when the second pregnancy is planned. Other subjects include planning a sibling strategy; understanding rivalry issues; the father's role; lifting your child; bed rest with a toddler in the house; adopting a sibling; establishing a family birth plan (you can't just run off to the hospital when there's another child to consider); and managing two or more kids while sustaining your marriage. Wagner has clearly done her homework, offering numerous references to appropriate books and Web sites, and her suggestions for the best books for new siblings are well worth the cost of admission. --Ericka Lutz

About the Author

HILORY WAGNER is the author of THE NEW PARENTS SOURCEBOOK. She also writes for Parenting, Parents, Child, and Babytalk magazines. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two children.

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For me, "And Baby Makes Four" is a snapshot in time, written as I was expecting my second child and sharing my hopes, concerns, wishes and fears with a hundred other parents who listened and shared their own.

I was thrilled to be expecting again, but like so many women I spoke with, my list of questions was expanding as quickly as my abdomen, and no first-time pregnancy book was going to tell me the most thoughtful way to explain to my toddler that the minivan was about to gain some new cargo -- or, more importantly, how to equip her to step into her role as a Big Sister with as little stress as possible! So I set out to find these answers... then I shared them with you.

Best wishes!

Hilory

www.twitter.com/hilorywagner




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3.2 out of 5 stars

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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1998
Format: Paperback
In a light hearted and down to earth manner, the author has created a wonderfully encouraging and realistic view of life with more than one child! I loved it cover to cover - it was easy to read and very easy to identify with many of the scenerios presented. A must for anyone who is planning (or has already started) to take the plunge!
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 2003
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I bought this book with the hope that it would lift my spirits about becoming a mother for the second time. We chose to have our kids close together (they will be 22 months apart) and we stand by our decision 100%. If you feel the same way, DONT read this BOOK! It is filled with downers, such as, "children under the age of 2 are not emotionally ready for siblings" or the ever famous "Can we afford two kids?" Also, it fills your mind with doubt - good thing this isnt mandatory for EVERYONE to read, the world would be full of only children. I made it to the 4th chapter....makes you wonder how ANYONE survived with a sibling...
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David F. Vincenti on November 6, 2001
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This book backs up common sense with anecdotes and examples from real life parents in a wide variety of second-child situations (ranging from closs-in-age to far apart, 2-child and 3,4-child familes...). Unfortunately, I found most of the points it made were just that, and that if you were a conscientious parent who studied and tried hard with your first child, you would already have known most of what was in here. If you're looking for a primer that doesn't talk down to you the way many first-time parenting books do, this is a quick and fair read. If you're looking for new examples and things you haven't heard before, there are better books than this one.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 2002
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Arguably the most important thing we may ever do is to bring a child into the world. Arguably the dumbest thing we may ever do is to take this endeavour too lightly. With this book, Hilory Wagner encouraged me to think about the impact, and has helped me from being, well, too dumb. In the midst of a new born (in addition to our 2-year old daughter), I can sincerely offer thanks to the author for giving me cause to think and to be better prepared. When I think back to how I would have acted prior to reading this book, I shudder.
Using a great perspective, stories, and an obvious hands-on knowledge, the author was able to give me tangible advice and considerations. Again, it made me really think.
The book is a nice read; actually fun, and in the face of the stress of child raising, it put me at ease. The style flows well, and it doesn't compromise its integrity by being too simplistic - I read it, believed in the author, and put it to work for me. And it worked!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By H. Macy on January 18, 2003
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I thought this would be full of helpful insight into how to deal with the added stress/effort/etc of having two kids instead of just one...it's basically a repeat of any baby book you already own and offered little, if any, in the way of new ideas. Bummer.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2003
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I really liked this book, and I have given it as a gift to a few of my friends. I found it very thoughtful and insightful, without it being preachy or pretentious. Best of all, it had real practical value. I thought the author communicated clearly and concisely, with some fun thrown in for good measure. It was a big help, and I feel I am a better parent because of this book.
The absolute best indicator of a parenting book is how you feel afterwards. Some scare you into believing you are not good enough. Some don't challenge you enough. I finished this book not only feeling smarter, but also warmer and happier.
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